Momentum for the 2016 staging of Rugby Half Marathon (Sunday 17 July) is already building as organisers announce that entries for the race are now open with hundreds of runners already pre-registrated. The Midlands event made a strong impression when launched in July this year with almost 1,000 runners taking part and over 3000 spectators cheering from the sidelines.
A large draw for runners is the half marathon’s route which begins from the market town of Rugby before moving through the beautiful surrounding countryside of Warwickshire. The course then returns to Rugby and the event village that was buzzing with spectators, music and entertainment.
On the racing front, the half also offers a prime opportunity for a summer PB. Last year saw Coventry Harriers' Toby Spencer take first in a speedy 1:08:56, with Callum Rowlinson (1:13:52) second and Andrew Siggers in third position (1:15:53). In the women's competition, Rugby Triathlon Club's Amy Sarkies took first place in 1:28:12, with club-mate Sally Baker second (1:29:54) and Katie White third (1:32:59).
Always Aim High Events director, Tim Lloyd, is excited by the prospect of the second edition of Rugby Half Marathon: “This event really took off in 2015 with over a thousand runners signing up for the race. We’ve been bombarded with emails, tweets and phonecalls asking when entries will open for the 2016 event, and we are pleased to tell them that it’s today!”
Lloyd added: “Given the interest shown we fully expect this event to attract well over 1,500 runners and we can’t wait for July to give runners an opportunity to compete in another world-class event.”
As Christmas approaches, organisers are offering early bird discount up until 26 December. You can take advantage of this offer here.